GLENDALE — Burbank High softball Coach Mike Delaney and Glendale Coach Greg Martin walked into distinctly different situations when they took over their respective programs this season.
For Delaney, a longtime coach at Village Christian, he took over a squad fresh off winning a Pacific League championship and chalk full of experienced players, including a standout junior pitcher in All-CIF Southern Section and All-Area Player of the Year Caitlyn Brooks.
Conversely, Martin inherited a team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2013 after placing fifth and half the players on the roster were underclassmen.
It was the Bulldogs’ experience, coupled with some mistakes from the young Nitros that played large parts in Burbank notching a 13-1 Pacific League victory Thursday at Glendale. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Burbank (15-3, 6-0 in league) came into Thursday’s game focused and tried not to be too overconfident, even though it’s ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division III while riding a 13-game winning streak and outscoring league opponents, 70-2.